Lieutenant Alfred Elder Stewart

Lieutenant Alfred Elder Stewart

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, March 9, 1973

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Alfred Elder Stewart

Lieutenant Al Stewart was shot and killed while searching for the suspect who had shot and killed California Highway Patrol Officer Larry Wetterling earlier in the day.

He was shot and killed as he arrived at a gas station at the junction of Highway 138 and I-15, in Cajon Pass, at approximately 8:05 am. The subject had just murdered the gas station attendant. Lieutenant Stewart exchanged shots with the man but was fatally wounded. A passerby who witnessed the shooting shot and wounded the subject.

The man was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. His conviction was later overturned and reduced to life. He died in prison in 2014.

Lieutenant Stewart was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department for over eight years and had previously served with the New Jersey Police Department. He is survived by his wife, three children, mother, brother, and five sisters.

A portion of I-15 was renamed the CHP Larry L. Wetterling and San Bernardino Sheriff's Lieutenant Alfred E. Stewart Memorial Highway.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

convicted felon, investigation

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Lt. Stewart,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC during the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

March 9, 2023

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